Sunday, November 26, 2017

Newbery Award Books by grade-school category, genre

This is a partial list of Newbery Award books (winners and honors) and which grade-school reading categories they can fit into.  A friend was brain-storming a list for her daughter’s reading assignments and, in my opinion, if you pick up a Newbery Award Book, you know you’re getting a great book to read.

It’s a short list so far but hopefully we can add to it as we go. Your suggestions on Newbery/categories are welcome in the comments!



BIOGRAPHY
- Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman

FANTASY
- The Hero & the Crown by Robin McKinley (the hero is a young girl)
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- Fog Magic by Julia Sauer
- The Tail of Despereaux by Timothy Basil Ering

HISTORICAL FICTION
- Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1930’s Jim Crow era)
- Count the Stars by Lois Lowery (Holocaust evacuee, nothing graphic)
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Revolutionary War)

MYSTERY
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

POETRY
- Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (free verse)
- Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleishman

REALISTIC FICTION
- A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck, and its sequel A Year Down Yonder
- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
- Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
- The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
- Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

SCIENCE FICTION
- The Giver by Lois Lowery (Dystopian)